It’s spring time with Gillitts nursery

2017-09-12 06:00
Photo: Felicity van TonderIrene Roux, Brian Hawkins and Lynn Doherty of Gillitts Nursery.

Photo: Felicity van TonderIrene Roux, Brian Hawkins and Lynn Doherty of Gillitts Nursery.

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SPRING is here and Hillcrest Fever­ reporter Kalisha Naicker chatted to Gillitts Nursery owner Brian Hawkins, to find out about the nursery and get tips for a beautiful garden­.

KN: Tell readers about Gillitts Nursery­?

BH: Gillitts Nursery in 12 Old Main Road, Gillitts is well known and has been at these premises for many years under varying names and ownerships­.

I took ownership from February 1 and extensively upgraded, revamped and restocked the nursery including the opening of a shop stocking a full range of garden requirements. Manageress­ Irene Roux has worked at the nursery for a considerable number of years and looks forward to showing existing and new customers around and advising them on any garden and or plant requirements.

We are also pleased to advise that a second branch of Gillitts Nursery was opened at the Gillitts Hardware, Checkers Centre, 9 Old Main Road, [Danish Centre] in April.
It is managed by Lynn Doherty, who has extensive knowledge of plants and plant requirements and has many years of experience in nursery management­. Lynn looks forward to meeting new customers and showing new and existing customers around, and advising them on any requirements­ at the newly established and exciting branch of the Gillitts Nursery­.

KN: What do you feel are your best sellers­, and why?

BH: Our best sellers are Marguerite daisies, Dianthos, Osteospernums, Calendulas, Petunias, Violas, Pansies, Geraniums, which produce beautiful colours and enhance colour in the garden­ giving peace and tranquillity when relaxing in the garden and easy to maintain water-wise.

KN: Now that spring is here what should people do to beautify their garden­?

BH: To beautify the garden, a general clean up after winter is called for, namely, composting and fertilising the garden and spiking the lawns to aerate and fertilise to give fresh beginnings to the soil and produce a beautiful green lawn if you have lawns. Dead head old flowers and clear dead wood on flowers­ and trees where necessary to give a fresh start to summer.  
Keep old leaves to mulch the garden where necessary to save water.

KN: What products do you stock?

BH: We stock seedlings, bags of shrubs and flowers, too many to name, compost­, Umgeni sand, bark, mulch, pebbles­, pots, indoor plants, trees and fruit trees, pavers and cobbles, sleepers­ and log rounds, weathered rocks, river boulders, wooden log rounds all sizes, wooden trellises, garden­ tools, garden gloves, ceramic and plastic pots as well as a large range of concrete pots, water features, concrete­ garden ornaments, etc., to mention just a few.

KN: What is the one thing that Gillitts Nursery can offer customers they
cannot get elsewhere?

BH: Gillitts Nursery is very friendly and homely. Each customer is treated personally and we bend over backwards­ to supply customer  needs.   We order stock in if we do not have in stock, and ensure  customer  needs are  actioned, immediately, and followed­  up  for every request.

KN: Do you have any spring specials customers can look out for?

BH:  A newsletter is produced each month giving advice on gardening, etc., and any specials we will be having.  
Please add your name to our visitors­ book at each nursery so customers­ can be included on the newsletter mailing list.

Gillitts Nursery will also soon be
implementing loyalty cards, which will be available to all customers­ where great savings can be found.

We also have Pensioners’ Day
every Tuesday, where pensioners will get 10% off on all plant purchases.

We have also stocked up on fertilisers­ and garden requirements in
preparation for the spring gardening.

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